Zal­may Khalilzad: Afghanistan Should Not Be­come a Spring­board for In­ter­na­tional Ter­ror­ism

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - WORLD -

The United States Spe­cial Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Afghanistan Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, Zal­may Khalilzad, af­ter meet­ing with the Pres­i­dent of Uzbek­istan, spoke about the cur­rent chal­lenges of peace­ful set­tle­ment in Afghanistan.

Shavkat Mirziy­oyev re­ceived the Amer­i­can guest on 10 De­cem­ber. The meet­ing was also at­tended by Lisa Cur­tis, Deputy As­sis­tant to the Pres­i­dent of the United States, Se­nior Di­rec­tor for South and Cen­tral Asia of the US Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil.

The head of our state stressed that the agree­ments reached dur­ing his visit to the US in May this year marked the dawn of a new era of strate­gic part­ner­ship. Con­tacts at var­i­ous lev­els have in­ten­si­fied: pro­duc­tive po­lit­i­cal di­a­logue and in­ter-par­lia­men­tary in­ter­ac­tion have been es­tab­lished, joint projects are spear­headed in the trade, eco­nomic and in­vest­ment fields, cul­tural and hu­man­i­tar­ian ex­changes are gain­ing mo­men­tum.

At the talks in Tashkent, Shavkat Mirziy­oyev and Zal­may Khalilzad paid spe­cial at­ten­tion to the is­sues of po­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment in Afghanistan and the en­hance­ment of Uzbek-Amer­i­can co­op­er­a­tion in this mat­ter in or­der to se­cure peace, sta­bil­ity and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment in the re­gion. They stressed the need for closer co­or­di­na­tion of ef­forts of the en­tire in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity in launch­ing a peace ne­go­ti­a­tion process with the key and de­ci­sive role of the Afghans them­selves (Afghan-owned, Afghan-led talks), pro­vid­ing prac­ti­cal as­sis­tance to the coun­try in pro­mot­ing eco­nomic as­sis­tance projects.

Zal­may Khalilzad and Lisa Cur­tis, ex­press­ing deep grat­i­tude to Shavkat Mirziy­oyev for the warm wel­come, con­veyed sin­cere greet­ings of the US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

Fol­low­ing the meet­ing, the Spe­cial Rep­re­sen­ta­tive stressed that his mis­sion is to sup­port peace­ful set­tle­ment of the Afghan cri­sis, pro­mote the in­te­gra­tion of Afghanistan into Cen­tral Asia, and foil the coun­try from be­com­ing a spring­board for in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ism.

The in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence on Afghanistan “Peace process, se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion and re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity” or­ga­nized in Tashkent ear­lier this year was, ac­cord­ing to Zal­may Khalilzad, an out­stand­ing ini­tia­tive in this di­rec­tion. As a re­sult, peace es­tab­lish­ment in Afghanistan, where the war has been go­ing on for more than forty years, is ac­tively dis­cussed to­day all over the world.

Afghanistan’s gov­ern­ment says that the cri­sis can­not be ad­dressed by mil­i­tary means, Khalilzad pointed out, and it is es­sen­tial to reach a po­lit­i­cal agree­ment. This view is shared by the Tal­iban. The stance has found sup­port in the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing the United States.

The ini­tia­tive put for­ward by Uzbek­istan is very im­por­tant for Afghanistan, the Amer­i­can of­fi­cial said. To achieve peace be­tween the gov­ern­ment of Afghanistan and the Tal­iban, joint ac­tions are needed not only from the United States and Uzbek­istan, but from other na­tions, as well, the coun­tries of the re­gion in par­tic­u­lar.

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